The Government are looking to raise the rate of probate applicable for deceased’s estates. Estates worth £2million or more will need to pay £6,000 in probate fees, up from the current rate of £155, and estates worth between £1m and £1.6m will have to pay £4,000 if the plans go ahead.

The Government has stated that the rises are ‘fair and progressive’ and will contribute to the court’s system. At present a flat fee applies of £215 if applied for by friends or family, or £155 if a solicitor completes the probate process.

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